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Mammalia > Primates > Lorisidae > Nycticebus

Nycticebus bengalensis Lacépède, 1800 – Bengal Slow Loris

Taxonomic Notes:

Bengal Slow Loris is also known as Northern Slow Loris.

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

Indian and global distribution:
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Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

Bengal/Northern Slow Loris is uncommon and a nocturnal species. It is shy and dwells in canopy. It is not endemic to India, but it is native to Indian subcontinent and has a wide distribution in NE India, Bangladesh, S China, Myanmar, Laos, Thiland, Vietnam and Cambodia. In India, it can be found in all the NE states.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to IUCN Red List assessment population of this species declining. There is no recent estimate of its globalpopulation available but some previous studies have suggested an animal density between 0.3 to 0.77 individuals per sq. km. threat to its existence comes from habitat fragmentation due to several human activities such as extension of agriculture, logging, mining and residential development. This is one of the highest trafficked species in pet trade, which causes a direct threat to survivalof this species. In some areas, it is also hunted for food and medicine.

Mammalia > Primates > Lorisidae > Nycticebus

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A. 2022. Nycticebus bengalensis Lacépède, 1800 – Bengal Slow Loris. A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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